Baker, Basil Howard


He was the son of the Reverend Samuel Baker, of Chesterton Vicarage, Bicester. Born in Leamington, he came to Winchester from Mr. A.P.C. Field’s school at Edgbaston and was Head of his House in his last year. It had been his intention to go to New College, Oxford but he entered Sandhurst direct from school and obtained his commission in the Rifle Brigade.

He joined the 13th Battalion in France in 1916, and was wounded in November during the attack on Beaumont Hamel. On his return after being invalided home he was attached to the 3rd Battalion. He was killed at Mesnil Bouche on May 22nd 1918, while with the 24th Divisional Reception Camp and awaiting a vacancy for a Company Commander’s post.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Baker
  • Forenames or initials: Basil Howard
  • House: B
  • Years in School: 1911-1915
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Rifle Brigade
  • Date of Birth: 28th March 1897
  • Date of Death: 22nd May 1918
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F6
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: VILLERS STATION CEMETERY, VILLERS-AU-BOIS: Grave XII.B.14